Lot 2: Exceptional Revolutionary War–era hand-addressed free-franked panel, 6.75 x 3.75, addressed in another hand to "Major General St. Clair, Philadelphia," and franked in the lower left, "G:o Washington." Notated in the upper right, "Public Service." In very good condition, with repaired separations to intersecting folds (one passing through a single letter of the signature), a large area of repaired paper loss above the signature (affecting one word in the address), and light foxing. This likely dates to after St. Clair's removal from field command following his loss of Fort Ticonderoga, after which he was stationed in Philadelphia. St. Clair would see battle again after Washington took him as his aide-de-camp, and he was at Yorktown when Cornwallis surrendered.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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